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1955 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman Two Door Hardtop

This 1955 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman two-door hardtop is said to be in excellent, original condition, though mileage isn’t mentioned. Equipped with a …

Analysis: Mercedes’ “Chicken” Commercial is a Pluckin’ Rip-Off – Feature

Just as it takes an engineering genius to create something as complex as Mercedes’ “Magic Body Control” (MBC) suspension, it also takes a marketing genius to explain it in a way that the common man can readily understand. Mercedes-Benz seemingly gets this. In its simplest terms, MBC uses a …

New art book collects faux-retro posters for all 80 original Star Trek episodes 

J.J. Abrams may have revived the <i>Star Trek</i> film franchise, but the posters for his two films in the series haven’t been as inventive, mostly employing …

Opel Monza, on a wing and a prayer

Opel, General Motors’ German division, has struggled with a stodgy, workaday image – and years of losses – but the slinky Monza concept should help push perception of the company towards the more contemporary end of the spectrum.<p>The primary way to shift perceptions, of course, is through styling, …

General Motors

Crossovers: The odd bunch

Auto Shows

Little, yellow, different: The electrified Porsche 914

The mid-engined, targa-topped 914 is a car that sits atop the wish lists of very few Porschephiles, if any at all. The 914 pictured here, however, could change that.<p>Spotted in Los Angeles on 31 August: an electrified 914 sipping some juice at a public charging station. The car started life as a …

Porsche

In Brazil, catching the last 'Bus

The Kombi is dead, or nearly so.<p>Some might face this news as they might the passing of a Golden Age Hollywood actor: “Wow. He was still alive?”<p>In fact, the Volkswagen Type 2 – which debuted in 1950 and has been known variously as the Transporter, the Microbus, the Bulli, the Hippie Van and, in …

Volkswagen

The car that saved a president

On the evening of 22 August 1962, a dozen gunmen from a dissident French paramilitary group called the Organisation de l'Armée Secrete opened fire on President Charles de Gaulle and his wife as the couple hurried down Paris’ Avenue de la Liberation in the back seat of a black Citroën DS 19.<p>The …